New Hampshire leads the way in renewable offshore energy research

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 11:08 AM
posted by rene5432

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen was in her home state of New Hampshire recently to tour the University of New Hampshire's site where top-flight research is being conducted regarding how to produce energy from wind, tides, waves and ocean currents, The Associated Press reports.

Despite having just 17 miles of coastline, the state's flagship university has helped New Hampshire become a growing leader in renewable offshore energy research.

Shaheen helped UNH secure a federal grant worth $750,000 for its Center for Ocean Renewable Energy (CORE), which is currently testing hydrokinetic turbines. She was welcomed aboard one of the school's research boats to see first-hand what the funding was supporting.

"We are going to see millions of jobs created in the clean energy sector in coming decades," Shaheen said aboard the boat, according to UNH. "China and other nations are aggressively developing these sectors of their economies. We need to invest seriously in facilities like UNH CORE and match the tenacity of our global competitors in vying for these jobs."

Earlier in the day, Shaheen visited manufacturing companies in the Dover, New Hampshire, area to view numerous energy efficient upgrades, Foster's Daily Democrat reports.

"Energy efficiency benefits everyone," she announced at Doyen Medipharm, a manufacturer in Somersworth.

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